Cutting class has consequences

Jade Nelson
Guest Writer

huffingtonpost.comLet’s be honest with ourselves. We’d be lying if we said that those four words never crossed our minds the moment our alarm blares first thing in the morning. It’s easy to press snooze, throw our phones across the room or even just tug the blankets up over our head.

Skipping class is nothing new for many of us; actually, it’s an act that we might be too familiar with. While that extra time in bed might seem worth it, there’s an empty wallet out there crying tears of disappointment and debt. How much does it cost you to skip class?

Students at Lock Haven University pay $300 per credit, or $900 for a three-credit class. $900 isn’t easy to come by, especially when a student needs to take at least 12 credits to be considered full-time. For a three-credit class that meets three times a week, you are paying approximately $20.00 every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. For a three-credit class meeting two times a week, you are paying approximately $29.00 each day.

Still doesn’t sound like a lot? Here’s some perspective. There are roughly 109 days in a semester- that makes 47 Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays, and 32 Tuesdays and Thursdays. For one week, regarding one class a day, a student is paying about a total of $58 to cover Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, and about $57 for Tuesday and Thursday. What it comes down to is, we can’t afford to waste money when most of us hardly have it to begin with- why skip class and throw it down the drain?

As college students, we jump at the sight of a 20-dollar bill. $20-$30 is plenty of cash to treat yourself and a friend or significant other to a cheap dinner, buy a movie ticket and snacks at the Roxy or a t-shirt at the bookstore. The options are endless when it comes to how you spend your money; you just have to be smart about it. Freshman, Kaitlyn Womer has admitted to skipping class, but realized quickly after how much she regretted it. “There was an assignment due that I didn’t finish in time,” she said, “choosing not to go was definitely not worth it.”

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Zach Williams, a super senior, also admitted to have experience with skipping class. Aside from simply not “feeling it”, Zach explained, “I was too focused on completing work for a major class,” Both Womer and Williams have agreed that the figurative price you pay by skipping class is more stressful than going unprepared or feeling fatigued.

While it might seem like a good idea in the heat of the moment, think of the long-term effects you’ll have to deal with. “Really think it through. Think of the emails to professors you’ll have to send, the notes you’ll have to copy or quizzes you might not get to make up. It’s definitely a lot more trouble than it’s worth,” Womer stated.


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